Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

International Students Bring in Nearly PS700m

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

International Students Bring in Nearly PS700m

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Byline: JONATHON MANNING Business reporter

INTERNATIONAL students contribute nearly PS700m to the North East economy each year, supporting hundreds of jobs and businesses, a new report says.

The report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) says that, as well as contribution in terms of tuition fees, international students help to create jobs, and boost local economies and a fall in numbers would mean job losses plus an impact on businesses such as taxi firms, sandwich shops, bars and nightclubs.

With numbers of foreign students potentially under threat both from Brexit and the government's drive to reduce immigration numbers, the report points out that 'almost every part' of the British economy benefits from overseas students.

Newcastle's economy could be particularly damaged by tougher immigration regulations, with the city getting PS300m from international students and the Newcastle East parliamentary constituency ranked as the second highest area in the UK for economic benefit at PS191.9m.

HEPI director Nick Hillman said: "Fewer international students would mean a lot fewer jobs in all areas of the UK, because international students spend money in their universities, in their local economies, and on products that are manufactured across the UK.

"It is literally the sandwich shops, the bike shops, the taxi firms, it is the nightclubs, it's the bookshops. Almost every part of the British economy benefits from having international students."

He added: "Very often the university is the single biggest employer in an area. The university probably wouldn't go bust without international students, but some of the local companies might go bust. Some of the local resident population would lose their jobs and there would be less work to do in that town or city."

The report has been backed by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, which also highlighted longerterm benefits from bringing overseas students to the region.

Paul Carbert, policy adviser at the Chamber, said: "We have been clear that when the government is looking at immigration laws - and we are expecting a white paper on immigration and Brexit later in the year - they must make it easy for international students to come to this country. …

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